This book was phenomenal. If you are looking for a critical biography or critical examination, then no, it is lacking. This book is a fan work. It oveThis book was phenomenal. If you are looking for a critical biography or critical examination, then no, it is lacking. This book is a fan work. It over flows with love for animation and Bakshi's work. The text creates a warm nostalgic legend about an underdog who doesn't give up on his vision. It may or may not be true, but if you are a Bakshi fan, it makes great reading.
As an over-sized "coffee-table book", it also is jam packed with artwork. cells from films, production work, sketchbook material, photographs, paintings (including paintings by back ground artists and Bakshi's 'fine art' work of later years). jam-packed on every page.
It was hard to put this book down. I picked it up during my exams and couldn't just gorge on it in one sitting, and it was hard, really hard to set it aside. It just sat in my bed in between readings, waiting to be finished.
I don't normally spend a lot of money on individual books--i read too much to afford it. When I bought this book, I thought it was expensive (32 bucks from the chapters website). It turns out that price was dirt cheap. It's one to buy and one to keep! I can't say enough how great this book was.